Weekend Reading Vol. 8

I feared at the start of lockdown that a weekend wouldn't truly feel like a weekend after spending the whole week already in my house. Turns out, I have found my way all too easily to ensure I switch off from work-mode and fall into a slob-mode for the weekend. But now, after the early flurry long weekends from Easter and May Bank Holidays, how to acclimatise to just two days off? After every long weekend, I found myself saying, "Four day weeks are the way forward!" and maybe, in light of the current situation making many office-workers now work from home, there will be more demand for work-life flexibility. That is on the topic of one of this week's articles I've chosen to share with you in today's Weekend Reading.

Coronavirus: What's the future for the office?
A hot topic amongst many of my friends and colleagues is on the topic of how companies will adapt their workplace after lockdown. You may have heard that Twitter have already confirmed their workforce can continue to work from home indefinitely and are re-evaluating their office space around the globe. I think most people who have got into the routine of working from home, even those who initially really resented and missed office-life, have found the silver linings of reduced travel costs, extra hours in their day and, not to forget, increased productivity from working in a quiet, comfortable environment. I certainly haven't missed the 4 hours of stressful commuting, the blinding office lights that induced headaches several times a week or the time lost with inane chatter at the kettle. Guess we'll have to watch this space.

Since reading this article, a friend of mine has given notice to her landlord, decided to move out of London to the suburb, had an offer accepted on a flat and started packing up boxes. While I can't guarantee everyone will have the same reaction, being forced to stay behind closed doors for months on end is bound to throw the spotlight on the issues with our homes. Katie Glass cleverly articulates how it feels to fall out of love with London and knowing that's when you're ready to fly the nest. 

The headline had me intrigued and it's an interesting article about a married couple who were rocked by infidelity in the days before lockdown. Written by Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women - a debut non-fiction book written about the emotional and sexual lives of three women from different backgrounds in the United States - the article is similarly written like a snippet of a book. One that I wish to know what happens next. 

You may have lost that early lockdown mojo which had you painting rooms and spring cleaning every corner of your home, but here are some great tips from the Nicola Lewis, aka This Girl Can Organise. I started following TGCO on Instagram at the beginning of the year when she gave a daily task for every day of January. As an organisation-fiend myself, I find her content a guilty pleasure and these tips are fab for making small bitesize tasks amount to a much more organised home. The dishwasher hack is a new one for me but so simple to implement and makes so much sense!


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